Daniel Craig Tops Variety’s Highest Paid Actor List, Earning $100 Million

Daniel Craig is currently the highest-paid actor, earning more than $100 million due to Netflix picking up his future films Knives Out 2 and 3, Variety reports. According to the article, the figure is so high because Netflix accounts for back-end payments that actors would earn if their films were only premiered in theaters.

Coming in second is Dwayne Johnson, who Variety said will earn $50 million from Amazon Studios’ Red One. While his initial arrangement is for $30 million, the publication reports that it might inflate to $50 million if back-end costs are included.

Variety added that Will Smith’s movie entitled King Richard, a much-anticipated biopic of the tennis stars and siblings, Venus and Serena Williams’ father, and Denzel Washington’s HBO Max’s Pretty Little Things are tied at the amount of $40 million in earnings.

The first female to appear on Variety’s list is the actress, Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $25 million for Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, and Julia Roberts, who made the same amount for her upcoming film, Leave the World Behind. Sandra Bullock lands the second place with a $20 million payday for her role in The Lost City of D where Lawrence reportedly earned $5 million less than her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, who ranks fifth on the list behind Smith and Washington.

Craig’s big Knives Out payday was initially revealed in April, following the completion of the acquisition.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the 2019 box office smash, may also get $100 million from the arrangement. The director, who also directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, spent $40 million on the original Knives Out.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix bought up the sequels for a whopping $469 million after Lionsgate launched the first film in theaters worldwide.

The sequels have since amassed a star-studded ensemble, with Craig reprising his role as Detective Benoit Blanc, the only character from the original film who was carried over to the continuation of the film.